Curated by: Kayla Thompson, Adult Services, Cape Girardeau Public Library
If you are looking for a read to get you through your Thanksgiving travel, here are a few books written by some of my favorite authors of Hispanic heritage.
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda is a collection of some of Neruda’s best poems. They are the ones you should definitely read if you are just getting started. This book has a selection of his English and Spanish works.
Cantroas by Carolina De Robertis is a novel that follows the lives of a group of five women who come together in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship as friends, lovers, and found family. During a time where being yourself can be deadly, these women find a place that they can call sanctuary and ultimately, home.
The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older is a little bit of a ghost story. Ramon is haunted by the ghost of his aunt Marisol, he just doesn’t know it. Moved by something he can’t explain, Ramon digs into his family’s past to try to discover just what happened during the Cuban Revolution.
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a book for those who might want something a little shorter. It’s a collection of short stories focusing on Latina characters, their indigenous history, and the way they live their lives in the American West. It’s a story of female power for mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.